By: Danito Nsubuga
SC Villa bound duo Pius Wangi and Ashraf Mandela are waiting on the ruling of the players status committee to decide on their fate after falling out with their parent club Vipers SC.
Swift Sports Uganda understands that Wangi has agreed with SC Villa in principle to sign on a 2 year contract, however the deal will be only valid after the decision of the committee.
It’s however imperative to note that the two players have running contracts with Vipers SC and the club is only willing to let them leave on loan deals to destinations only commissioned by the club.
Wangi’s 4 year contract is bound to expire in January 2019 whereas Ashraf Mandela is still tied down until 2020. It’s noteworthy that the minimum length of a loan deal is 6 months yet Wangi has less than the same on his current deal.
The players insist that the club violated their contracts by pushing them to loan deals at clubs which they haven’t agreed to join. A case in point being Wangi who was first offered to Nyamityobora FC and later URA FC.
These cite article 20 of the FUFA constitution which maintains that, a player must be fully involved in the decision to be loaned out to any other club to which Vipers SC acted in contravention.
20.1 Only a professional player with a valid contract with a club may be loaned to another club”.
20.2 The player and the new club shall enter into a written loan transfer agreement which shall be signed by authorised signatories of both clubs and countersigned by the player or in case of a player under the age of 18, a parent or guardian and which shall specify the dates upon which the loan transfer shall begin and terminate”.
Wangi told Swift Sports that,
” I was ready to see out my 4 year contract with Vipers SC but due to stiff competition and more new signings in my position, the club listed me among the players who were deemed surplus to requirements by the new coach”.
“Unfortunately, they first offered me to Nyamityobora and later on I recieved calls from URA that I was their player without even my consent”.
The two had started training with SC Villa and also took part in 3 pre season friendlies, the last one being a victory over big league side Kyetume FC.
Article 20.4 of the FUFA constitution regarding player contracts and loaning further states that,
” A contracted player will only be loaned upon his consent”
20.5 “Where a club forces a player to look for a new club to be released on loan, the contract with former club shall be rendered null and void. FUFA shall register the player as free agent”.
The ruling of the players’ status committee is expected to be passed out on the 19th of September 2018 to determine the fate of these players.